Next month, Air New Zealand will begin
construction on a new, much larger regional lounge at Auckland
Airport, as part of a $60 million investment in lounges throughout
New Zealand over the next two years.
The lounge will cater for up to 265
customers, offering more than three times the seating of the
current regional lounge. It is scheduled to open mid next year,
upstairs on Level 1 of the Auckland Airport domestic terminal,
where it will offer expansive views of the runway. The current
lounge and valet service will continue to be available throughout
There are also plans for the airline's
Wellington Airport Domestic Lounge to undergo a refurbishment in
the coming months with seating numbers to increase by 10%
to 374. There will be six different zones in the new lounge to
meet the needs of customers - including a café and bar, barista
station, business, lounge and quiet areas as well as a
self-service food and drinks station.
A new regional lounge is
currently under construction at Tauranga Airport and will offer
three times more seating than the current lounge. It is expected
to open later this year.
Plans are also underway for brand new
regional lounges in Christchurch and Nelson.
Air New Zealand
General Manager Customer Experience Anita Hawthorne says the
airline is focused on continued investment in its network of
lounges to enhance the customer experience.
"We know there is
huge demand for Air New Zealand's network of lounges, so we're
delighted to be able to go through the process of redeveloping our
regional lounges in Auckland, Christchurch, Nelson and Tauranga
along with our domestic lounge in Wellington to enhance the
experience our customers have on the ground before they fly. Air New Zealand's customers are at the core of our business and
we expect to see annual passenger numbers grow from 17 million to
19 million over the next two years, so it's important to invest in
our lounges in order to meet this growth," Anita said.
Air New Zealand,